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Has anyone got any comments on the (dis) advantages of having shock absorbers

fitted? I assume they can be retro fitted, I have been pondering fitting some for

ages.

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Cannot possibly be any (dis) advantages to having shock absorbers. Easy to fit makes for better towing.

You can always tell when you are following one without because of the way they bounce around.

Go ahead and fit them. ...Peter

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2016 Ford Kuga 2. 0. 180 ps. Titanium Nav.

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Thank both! That's a yes then. ;)

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Simulars topics have been covered a few times in the last 4 months, if you search "alko shocks" you'll get a good few post on how to fit them as well.

 

In my opinion they make towing smoother, less pitch and buffeting by lorries, buses etc.

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Thank both! That's a yes then. ;)

Tick.jpg from me too :)

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And Me

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Another yes, this is my first caravan fitted with dampers it defiantly has less bounce than my previous one.

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They are a legal requirement in Germany if you want to tow at 100km/h. Without them one is limited to 80km/h, so they must be of benefit.

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Yes!

 

(Carlight have had them since the 60's, and if they are good enough for them. ..)

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Can car shocks be used??

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Can car shocks be used??

 

Only if you can find any the same length and weight rating as the Al-Ko ones.

 

Al-Ko do three different weight ratings depending on the axle loading of your caravan.

 

Brian

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Can Al-Ko ones be fitted to a BPW chassis?

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Car shocks do not have the necessary clamping plates to be fitted.

Al-Ko shocks are for Al-Ko chassis.

BPW shocks are for BPW Chassis

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Yes!

 

(Carlight have had them since the 60's, and if they are good enough for them. ..)

My first caravan had coil springs and dampers, it was the best tow I have ever had.

A 850kg Monza 1200s towed by a 90bhp mk1 cavalier.

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Took me less than 20 mins to fit. Hardest part was removing the plastic bung on the stub axle.

 

Didn't even have to remove van wheels.

 

Towed van to Northumberland and back last week on a very windy A1. ... A vast improvement. Would recommend fitting.

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Are people with them finding it helps with the amount the van bounces the car around as it pitches sometimes?

Yes, it also greatly increases the speed you can go around long sweeping bends and corners etc. as the van does not bounce and move across the road. Also passing over potholes and dipped drain covers does not cause the van to bounce and rebound so much.

Also appears to reduce the vibration inside the van and the amount the stuff inside moves around.

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